Older travellers are keen to explore off the beaten track just as much as their younger counterparts, one industry expert has claimed.


People in their later years are becoming increasingly likely to jet off and explore the world, it has been revealed.

Rather than opting for the obvious choices, older travellers are just as likely to book flights to India or Thailand as their younger counterparts, according to Real Gap.

Lauren Mackay, marketing manager with the company, commented: “They want to see parts of the world that once upon a time were off the beaten track and not as easily or safely traversed.”

She also pointed out that many people have been inspired to visit to foreign climes by their children’s experiences.

Ms Mackay explained that travellers from the older generation tend to enjoy taking part in volunteer projects during their time away as it allows them to “give something back” to the places they visit and people they meet.

Earlier this month, Age Concern Enterprises announced that sales of its worldwide annual travel insurance increased by 41 per cent in 2009, indicating that those over 65 are holidaying further afield and jetting off more frequently.

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